Worship — Sunday, December 19, 2021

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You can make a contribution online via tithe.ly. Other options can be found here.

Previous worship services can be found at abilenefirstumc.org/onlineworship/.

Checking-In

After yesterday’s and last night’s winds, I wanted to check and make sure that everyone is ok. The church and the parsonage survived the night with only a few lost limbs. Would you mind letting me know how you’re doing? I would especially like to see if you’re having difficulties. I’m at john@revcollins.com and 620-252-9622.

Please pray for those who facing the task of cleaning up and rebuilding and those who are still without power.

Voices: Take Care of Yourself

The following is from a series of daily devotions from the writings of Frederick Buechner.

“LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR as yourself is part of the great commandment. The other way to say it is, ‘Love yourself as your neighbor.’ Love yourself not in some egocentric, self-serving sense but love yourself the way you would love your friend in the sense of taking care of yourself, nourishing yourself, trying to understand, comfort, strengthen yourself. Ministers in particular, people in the caring professions in general, are famous for neglecting themselves with the result that they are apt to become in their own way as helpless and crippled as the people they are trying to care for and thus no longer selves who can be of much use to anybody. If your daughter is struggling for life in a raging torrent, you do not save her by jumping into the torrent with her, which leads only to your both drowning together. Instead you keep your feet on the dry bank—you maintain as best you can your own inner peace, the best and strongest of who you are—and from that solid ground reach out a rescuing hand. “Mind your own business” means butt out of other people’s lives because in the long run they must live their lives for themselves, but it also means pay mind to your own life, your own health and wholeness, both for your own sake and ultimately for the sake of those you love too. Take care of yourself so you can take care of them. A bleeding heart is of no help to anybody if it bleeds to death.” — Frederick Buechner [1]


[1] Frederick Buechner, “Take Care of Yourself,” Frederick Buechner, accessed December 9, 2021, https://bit.ly/3202UPd.

Worship — Sunday, December 12, 2021

This is the service that contained the Children and Youth Christmas Pageant.

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Previous worship services can be found at abilenefirstumc.org/onlineworship/.

Christmas Pageant This Sunday

This coming Sunday (December 12, 2021), there won’t be a sermon because the children and youth will be presenting their 2021 Christmas Pageant. Hymns will include: “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly,” and “There’s a Song in the Air.”

Worship — Sunday, December 5, 2021

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Previous worship services can be found at abilenefirstumc.org/onlineworship/.

Worship — Sunday, November 28, 2021

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You can make a contribution online via tithe.ly. Other options can be found here.

Previous worship services can be found at abilenefirstumc.org/onlineworship/.